I HATE small talk. I HATE it so much!

I find it soooo pointless. It seems people that do small talk can go on and on for an eternity about NOTHING but when you ask them something important, they have nothing to say. AT ALL. Or, if you even ask them about the task at hand or the reason why you are meeting or anything that is of any importance to what is actually going on, they say nothing at all.

Also, I am extremely bad at small talk. When I small talk, no one listens or says anything. But, when they small talk you are supposed to listen and react to what they are saying.

So, how do I get better at small talk? At least to get through it?

Or, how do I deal with it so I can get through it?

Any perspective?